ConservationThe Diversity of Front-Line Conservation: Saving the Cheetahs

November 1, 2016 - The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a wild cat that is found in parts of eastern and southwestern Africa, as well as parts of Iran. These unique cats are distinguished by their slender tan bodies, which are cloaked in black spots … More »

CONSERVATIONVirginia Zoo conducts local research project on salamanders

October 27, 2016 - Amphibians are the most endangered group of vertebrates, with nearly a third of all species threatened with extinction globally. Worldwide, their population decrease is largely because of infectious diseases like emerging Chytrid fungal pathogens. Southeastern states are considered a salamander … More »

Animal WellnessAlfred to Undergo X-Rays

October 26, 2016 - Alfred, the Zoo’s 48-year-old White rhino is set to receive x-rays this week to decide next steps in his medical treatment and recovery. Virginia Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Amanda Guthrie and the animal care staff will perform the x-rays in his … More »

CONSERVATIONZoo prevents bird deaths by applying tape

October 25, 2016 - We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the “stuff on the windows” at the orangutan and tiger exhibits. So we’ve decided to sit down with Brooke, the Zoo’s Lead Bird Keeper and ask her a few questions.   Question: … More »

ReptilesHappy Reptile Awareness Day!

October 21, 2016 - Today is Reptile Awareness Day – the perfect time to celebrate all things slimy, slithery and creepy! The Virginia Zoo is exceptionally excited to be celebrating all of our scaly friends this year as we begin renovations to the Reptile House. … More »

Animal AwarenessHappy International Sloth Day!

October 20, 2016 - Today marks the celebration of International Sloth Day! This holiday exists to help educate the public about the well-being of sloths, conservation efforts being made to help them thrive in the wild and to celebrate the lives of these cute, sleepy … More »

Geriatric Animal CareHow the Zoo cares for its Seniors

October 17, 2016 - Many of the animals who reside at the Virginia Zoo live longer than they would in the wild, sometimes two to three times longer than their expected lifespan! In the wild, an older animal would be easy prey for a … More »

Education DayWorld Farm Animal Day

September 29, 2016 - Sunday, October 2, 2016 is World Farm Animal Day! The Virginia Zoo is happy to be celebrating all of its domestic and non-domestic farm animals with a day of fun for both animals and humans alike! World Farm Animal Day … More »